Note: This post contains no spoilers.
Four days before it hits bookstores, I’ve got a copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” I downloaded it from a link posted at the Bittorrent file-sharing site the Pirate Bay.
But hold on. It’s not as sweet as it sounds. What I’ve got is not really the book but a series of photographs of the book — someone has meticulously snapped shots of each page. Some who’ve discussed leaked copies say that they’ve seen only Pages 1 through 495. But the copy I have includes all the pages; I could, if I wanted to, tell you the very last line of the very last Harry Potter book right now.
But I won’t spoil it (though if you’re bothered by the possibility of having any of it revealed, skip this paragraph). Instead, as proof I have it, let me give you a quote from the top of Page 381: “Oh, you’re sorry!” Or, the top of Page 532: “I shall take you to your vault.” Bottom of Page 681: “Snape looked utterly perplexed …” See, that proves it, right? I could go on, too. Really, I could — there are 759 pages here.